Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell blocked a move to increase CCP (Chinese Communist Party) Virus stimulus cheques to $2,000 on Tuesday but quickly produced an alternative proposal.
Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer (D-N.Y.), and Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.), attempted to quickly push the House bill through on Monday after it cleared the lower chamber with more than two-thirds of members voting for it.
McConnell is unlikely to garner support from Democrats for his version. Not only is he suggesting the stimulus cheques be increased to $2,000, but he has included two primary issues the president has pushed for.
Schumer said McConnell’s proposal is a “cynical gambit.”
“Senator McConnell knows how to make $2,000 survival checks reality, and he knows how to kill them,” Schumer said, reports Newsweek.
“If Sen. McConnell tries loading up bipartisan House-passed CASH Act with unrelated, partisan provisions that will do absolutely nothing to help struggling families across the country, it will not pass the House and cannot become law.”
“During this process, the president highlighted three additional issues of national significance he would like to see Congress tackle together,” McConnell said, before listing off the president’s grievances about the amount of the stimulus payment, Section 230, and the voter fraud.
“Those are the three important subjects the president has linked together,” McConnell said. “This week, the Senate will begin a process to bring these three priorities into focus.”
The bill will need to gain the support of 60 senators to break the filibuster, which is unlikely.
As an indication of how the Dems will view the proposal, New Jersey Rep. Bill Pascrell Jr. tweeted, “To block you from getting $2000 mitch mcconnell is demanding a ‘commission’ to spew lies about the election trump lost and attack democracy. This is a goddamn disgrace. The depravity of republican leaders has no bottom.”
However, the bill will allow GOP senators who want to put their hand up in favor of the $2,000 stimulus payments to do so and protect most of his caucus who opposed the increase previously, reports Fox News.
Sen. David Perdue (R-Ga.) is supportive of the $2,000 cheques—and is also in a fierce battle set for Jan. 5 to hold onto his seat. He said on “Fox & Friends” Wednesday that he supports the McConnell bill.
“The Democrats themselves held this up for months, and so here in the last minute, they’re complaining about the normal operation of the Senate,” Perdue said. “I’m an outsider of this process, but I can tell you these things that Mitch McConnell is trying to do are in line with what the President has said. I support what the President is trying to do relative to Section 230, the repeal of that, and also the $2,000 stimulus checks. We’re in full support of that.”
Congress will wrap up on Jan. 3, so action on the bill must be quick; otherwise, the legislative process will need to restart completely.
The president was sent the original CCP Virus economic stimulus bill at Christmas, and he declined to sign without major changes. He wanted individual relief checks boosted from $600 to $2,000 and Section 230 repealed. He also had objected to the bill renaming bases named after Confederates.
However, the legislation passed overwhelmingly in both the House and the Senate. The president’s veto of the bill has also been overridden in the House.